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Noob's 1st smoke - BACON! with Qview, sorta

post #1 of 18
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As I posted in my intro on the Roll Call, I used a homemade version of the AMNS to do some bacon, just to see if it was worthwhile. To put it mildly, SUCCESS! My family just scarfed down the results of the first smoke, and begged for more. I forgot to take pics of the first run, so here's the end result:

 

 

I ordered an AMNPS the next morning, just got it going on the next piece of cured belly:

 

 

 

 

 

I cured this for 14 days, in Pops brine, which is what led me to this forum in the first place. Gotta go check on the latest batch, updated Qview later!

 

Edited for spelling

post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by SupplySergeant View Post

 

Edited for spelling

 

LOL.... listen sarg, we all thru necessity, fluient in typo which includes spelling. if you get 4 outta 6 letters right, you are in the zone.

 

Once you've made your own bacon once...... you're hooked for life.

post #3 of 18
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LOL.... listen sarg, we all thru necessity, fluient in typo which includes spelling. if you get 4 outta 6 letters right, you are in the zone.

 

Once you've made your own bacon once...... you're hooked for life.

Yeah, spell-check is my best friend!

post #4 of 18

Watching

post #5 of 18
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I made the bacon because I had slaughtered a pig, but I'll be making more even if I never do another pig! Just have 18 pounds to go on this one...

post #6 of 18
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Help! I'm not even halfway through my second  smoke, and I just caught myself digging through the fridge for something else to throw in with the bacon! I'd look for a 12-step group, but I'm not willing to admit anything yet.

post #7 of 18
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My grill dosen't seem to be doing a good job of containing the smoke, so I went ahead and lit the other end of the AMNPS. Fingers crossed, I want this one to go well.

post #8 of 18
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AMNPS finally ran out, not bad for burning from both ends, got 9 hours. I will build a cardboard box smoker tomorrow, my grill is clearly not up to the task. Pics of the final result:

 

Actually looks better in real life. We'll fry some up in the morning, after it cools in the fridge and I can slice it better.

post #9 of 18

SS, Nice bacon ! great job :points:

post #10 of 18
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Thanks! Late morning, just about to cook it up. I'll report soon.

post #11 of 18
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Some samples from last night's smoke. My first one was hickory chips from a local store. This one is A-Maze-N's Pitmaster pellets. My family prefers the Pitmaster. Despite the lack of color, this had tons of smoke flavor, almost too much. I plan to build a cardboard box smoker today, I'll smoke up the rest of the cured bellies this afternoon, along with a bit of polish sausage from the same pig.

post #12 of 18
A cardboard smoker can be one of the best tools in a smokers arsenal... Take pics of your "new" smokehouse....
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

 

As requested! I'll start a thread over in "Other Builds"

 

There is about 15 pounds of bacon, and a pound of polish sausage in there.

post #14 of 18
Nice smokehouse..... That'll work very well.....


LOL.... How long to build and how much.....
post #15 of 18
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Nice smokehouse..... That'll work very well.....


LOL.... How long to build and how much.....

Ummmm.... about an hour and $11! I did a build thread in "other builds"

post #16 of 18
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Nice smokehouse..... That'll work very well.....


LOL.... How long to build and how much.....

 

<Chuckles>

 

He's obviously NOT a shade tree mechanic Dave...... Look at those straight lines and square corners... and a round stack!

post #17 of 18
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I'm actually a toolmaker by trade, was a US Army supply sergeant for 12 years, thus the screenname. But the square corners and round stack are all due to the manufacturers, not my skill!

post #18 of 18

Regardless, Still looks good

 

gary

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